Education for Sustainable Development

INTRODUCTION TO THE SURVEY FORM

TEST VERSION 1.6 -- ABBREVIATED TO 16 QUESTIONS

This consultation on education for sustainable development (ESD) is sponsored by the PelicanWeb Journal of Sustainable Development (formerly the Journal of Solidarity, Sustainability, and Nonviolence).  UNESCO has defined eight key theme areas that should be covered in education for sustainable development:

              1. Gender equality/equity
              2. Human health promotion
              3. Environmental stewardship
              4. Rural development
              5. Cultural diversity
              6. Peace & human security
              7. Sustainable urbanization
              8. Sustainable consumption

The objective of this consultation is to gather requirements for ESD.  These requirements must be articulated as issues or problem areas that are to be considered and discussed in ESD programs.  It should be made clear that the objective of this consultation is not to arrive at practical solutions (let alone "the" solution) to any of the complex issues related to sustainable development. However, a good inventory and taxonomy of relevant issues might be useful for planning ESD programs.

Needless to say, UNESCO is not responsible for any misconceptions that the questions might contain. Same applies to the answers to be entered, collected, and analyzed. Hopefully, this exercise will lead to some useful insights and perhaps even some recommendations about education for sustainable development, but there is no presumption that such results will be useful to UNESCO or any other institution.

You have been selected either because you are a member of the Solidarity & Sustainability Google Group, or a participant in one of several fora related to sustainable development, or by another individual who has given us your name because of your expertise in sustainable development and/or related global issues such as gender discrimination, the gap between the very rich and the very poor, and the deterioration of the human habitat.

The consultation form can be completed in 30 minutes or so. Answer each of the questions to the best of your knowledge.  Answering personal identification questions is optional.  If you leave them blank, all your responses will remain anonymous.  Entering your email address is also optional unless you want to get a copy of the summanry analysis report.  Complete the survey and press the submit button at the end.  When you press submit, your answers are added to the survey spreadsheet.

Version 1.6 is a major revision based on feedback received from Version 0, Version 1, and Version 1.5.  For more information:

       PelicanWeb Journal of Sustainable Development, Volume 5, Number 7, July 2009
       http://www.pelicanweb.org/solisustv05n07page1.html

Version 1.6 has been abbreviated to include just 2 questions for each UNESCO key theme area, for a total of 16 questions.  In each group of 2, the first question is a "relevance ranking" of the UNESCO theme, where "relevance" means "relevance for sustainable development."  The second question for each theme requires selecting (from a list) the most difficult obstacle to attain the goals implicit in the theme, but allows the participant to enter another obstacle not included in the list.

Thank you for your patience and participation.

Luis T. Gutierrez, Ph.D.
Editor, PelicanWeb Journal of Sustainable Development
http://pelicanweb.org/  ~  pelican@pelicanweb.org
This is a monthly, free subscription, open access e-journal.

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Note 1: Questions marked with an asterisk are required.  Other questions are optional.
Note 2: SD = sustainable development, and ESD = education for sustainable development
Note 3: Make sure you click on "submit" at the end.  Your participation is much appreciated.
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